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New U of I president meets with UIC leaders
U of I President Michael J. Hogan is greeted by UIC Chancellor Paula Allen-Meares.
Photo: Roberta Dupuis-Devlin
Michael J. Hogan, the university’s 18th president, got a UIC welcome Monday at a reception in University Hall.
Hogan, who officially takes office Thursday, met informally with UIC Chancellor Paula Allen-Meares, vice chancellors, deans and members of the UIC Senate Executive Committee.
At a ceremony in May introducing Hogan, he called his appointment as U of I president “a dream come true.”
“The University of Illinois is one of the world’s jewels in education,” said Hogan, former president of the University of Connecticut. “I’m glad to say we have very strong campus leadership and a highly talented and very engaged group of faculty and staff.”
With four decades of experience in public higher education, Hogan has led universities, managed university-based health science centers and hospitals, engaged in fundraising and alumni relations, and overseen intercollegiate athletics.
At UConn, Hogan oversaw seven campuses, nearly 30,000 students and an operating budget of $1.7 billion. He worked with state legislators to secure a capital spending plan; partnered with the state government leaders and area hospitals on a $352 million initiative to improve access to quality health care, including the construction of a new hospital; and raised academic standards as measured by test scores, diversity and retention rates.
During Hogan’s tenure, UConn’s research portfolio increased by 25 percent over three years. The university also increased student diversity and improved undergraduate retention and graduation rates.
Hogan was executive vice president and provost at the University of Iowa from 2004 to 2007; executive dean of arts and sciences at Ohio State University; and a faculty member at Miami University, Stony Brook University and the University of Texas at Austin.